GREENHILL — Midway through the third quarter, with Rogers clinging to a 7-point lead, Rogers linebacker Raeleigh Killen blocked a quick-kick attempt by East Lawrence quarterback Terrence Deloney.
On the ensuing play, Austin Kerr put the game away with a 14-yard touchdown run on what was a dominating performance by the Pirates en route to a 33-6 win over the Eagles.
With a playoff spot on the line, Rogers dominated the line of scrimmage throughout the night, rushing for 321 yards.
The Pirates scored on five of their seven drives in the game, keeping East Lawrence’s offense off the field.
“We wanted to come out fast and control the line of scrimmage,” said Rogers head coach Randall Martin. “Our kids were ready to play tonight. We wanted to keep our intensity the whole game and we did that tonight.”
Killen ran strong in the first half for Rogers. The fullback carried the ball nine times for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
He capped off the Pirates’ first drive with an 8-yard touchdown carry, putting Rogers ahead 6-0 early.
East Lawrence answered quickly, however, with an 8-play drive, all on the shoulders of Deloney.
The signal-caller took a fourth-and-1 play 41 yards to the end zone, tying the game at 6.
That would be the only significant offense the Eagles would have the rest of the night.
East Lawrence forced a turnover on downs, giving hope to the Eagles faithful, but after a quick three-and-out, Rogers scored in just four plays on a Killen 3-yard run.
The Pirates outgained East Lawrence on the ground 191 to 84 in the first half.
The second half was much of the same. Although Rogers opened their offense up more in the second half, their defense was the difference. The Pirates held East Lawrence to eight total yards in the second half and continued their scoring onslaught.
Kerr would score once more on a 1-yard plunge into the end zone, and Killen added a third touchdown in the fourth quarter before the Pirates took their foot off the gas.
Kerr and Killen each finished with 119 yards rushing.
With the win, Rogers will earn the fourth spot in the region and advance to the playoffs.
“We were physically dominated,” said East Lawrence head coach Ernie Ferguson. “They took advantage of the mistakes we made on offense and defense. They wanted it more than we did.”
East Lawrence will miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season with the loss.
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